Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28629 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
7a Vincent accepts Leo running wild in brutality (8)
A diminutive form of Vincent around an anagram (running wild) of LEO
11a Device used when travelling from Cape Horn? (3,5)
An anagram (from) of CAPE HORN – “when travelling” could be regarded as the anagram indicator, which would suggest it might be a sort of semi-all-in-one
14a Charged for fodder (4)
Two definitions – the first being he past tense of a verb meaning to pay a charge
15a Chatter disturbed tragedian’s waffle (3,3,7)
A three-letter word meaning to chatter followed by an anagram (disturbed) of TRAGEDIAN’S
18a Shabby fluff behind foot? (4-2-4)
Some fluff followed by a phrase meaning behind the foot, typically used when referring to a dog
20a Eavesdrop in this direction, you say? (8)
Sounds like (you say) a phrase meaning in this direction (4,4)
21a Flood at home, getting cross after complaint (6)
The usual two-letter word meaning at home followed by a complaint or illness and the letter shaped like a cross
24a Sure things should be secure, organised best (4,4)
A word meaning secure followed by an anagram (organised) of BEST
1d Captain’s given fish but not head (6)
A captain without (not) his initial letter (head) – I didn’t like the construction of this clue
2d Endless drink making one do this? (4)
A verb meaning to drink noisily without its final letter (endless) gives what one might do after drinking too much
5d Present going with birthday suit (2,3,5)
This phrase meaning actually present could suggest that one is there in one’s birthday suit
8d Quarrel — and produce sword? (8,5)
The first word indicates an anagram of the second would result in SWORD
13d Racing foolishly, tense at first but no longer concerned (4,6)
A grammatical tense followed by an anagram (foolishly) of RACING
16d Bagged up very soon? (2,1,5)
This could suggest that a proprietary brand of padded envelope has been used to bag something up
19d Looking towards heaven, person that’s holy and chaste spouts (6)
An interest reversal (looking towards heaven) of a holy person and an adjective meaning chaste
22d Lies if coming up with abuse regularly (4)
The reversal (coming up) of IF from the clue followed by the even letters (regularly) of aBuSe
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